The House of Velvet and Glass Author:Katherine Howe Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball. — Still reeling from ... more »the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sybil flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium.
But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Jones, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s scrying glass.
From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist in a breathtaking novel that will thrill readers. « less
Overall I would give this book about 3.5. The last 20 percent of it was very good. First 80% dragged. It took quite a whle to get to the real point of the book. Ms. Howe did a good job of jumping between time periods and telling her story of opium dens, titantic and fate. Definately worth reading could have developed plot line quicker though.
Let me first say that I LOVED The Physick Book of Deliverance Dance. It was way out of my normal realm of reading. At the time, I hadn't dabbled into much historical fiction, especially with a paranormal aspect intertwined. I waited for quite awhile to get The House of Velvet and Glass and I was chomping at the bit to just go out and buy it before it came to me through PBS. I dove right in as soon as it arrived. Sadly, I couldn't even finish it. I got through 112 pages before giving up. It just kept dragging and dragging for me. I kept waiting, telling myself, "maybe the next chapter" but I had to give up. I was finding myself putting it aside, or putting off even reading it. Maybe its one that I can try to pick up again another time, to try again. I sure hope so
This was the October 2013 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
I've officially renamed it THE HOUSE OF SNORES AND YAWNS, it's much more fitting. If you enjoy slow, meandering, overly descriptive and near-plotless historical fiction, you may be among those who enjoy this book.
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Was first interested in the book because I thought it would have a lot to do with the Titanic. However, found that the Titanic tradgedy was a smaller piece of the story. Although, as I read along I became intrigued by the story unfolding and by the end of the novel was stunned at how exciting the story actually was. I would definately recommend this novel!!!!